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Janet Gray, Ph.D.
Janet Gray, Ph.D.

As author of our 2008 and 2010 State of the Evidence reports, Dr. Gray drives the science behind all our work.

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Breast Cancer & Our Environment

It's difficult to examine the effects of individual chemicals on risk for a disease as complex as breast cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades; we may not know what chemicals we've been exposed to; and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

With more scientific evidence emerging practically daily, it's clear: the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It's clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our breast cancer risk.

On a positive note, our exposure to chemicals and radiation is something we can begin to control—through personal, corporate and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer and take action to reduce your risk.

  • Chemicals in Plastics

    Plastic is everywhere, but its widespread use poses serious risks to human health and the environment.

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  • Chemicals in Cosmetics

    The cosmetics industry uses thousands of synthetic chemicals in its products, and the effects can be more than just skin deep.

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  • Chemicals in Household Products

    We pay a price for our modern conveniences: Our homes are now filled with synthetic chemicals, some linked to breast cancer.

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  • Groceries

    Chemicals in Food

    Modern food-production methods have introduced new environmental exposures to carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds.

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  • Air & Water Exposures

    Nothing's more fundamental to life than air and water. Unfortunately, both air and water can contain chemicals that are harmful to us.

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  • Health Care Exposures

    Some medical advances have a downside: they can sometimes inadvertently expose us to risk factors that could lead to cancer or other illnesses.

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